Jan Cline is a talented writer/speaker and a ton of fun. She dares to dream! Don’t miss out on meeting her in March at the Inland Northwest Writers Conference in it’s second year. She is founder of the writers group and conference. Below is her story.
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“You could do this.”
I heard the words, not audible, but as if someone had nudged my mind. I knew it was God, and I knew what He was referring to. But I argued.
“It sounds nice, but I don’t think so, Lord.”
After this short conversation with God, I returned my thoughts to the speaker on the podium. This was my first writer’s conference and I wasn’t going to miss a beat. I relished every word from each speaker and workshop presenter. The message was always the same—write for God and learn your craft.
I’ve been writing since childhood and had been told by several people I had talent. I let those talents extinguish throughout most of my adult life. When I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis I gave up working outside the home. I knew it was a perfect time to start writing again. So I did—at least on the days I felt physically up to it. I pressed on, and have done God wants me to do.
I had some success in publishing articles and short stories and even completed a novel. As I contemplated where I should go with this writing thing, I was encouraged to attend a writer’s conference in Seattle. Having never been to one, and not knowing the first thing about how to behave or “pitch” a book idea to an editor, I was anxious. I had the best time of my life and I wondered how many other writers out there wanted to attend a conference, but couldn’t afford to.
Then God spoke.
“You could do this.”
I ignored the nudge a few more times until I couldn’t stop thinking about this idea. How in the world could God suggest to me that I organize a writer’s conference? I didn’t know the first thing about making this happen.
Evidently, I didn’t need to know. It seems God had all the experience I needed.
“Okay, God. I’ll tell You what. I’ll email my new acquaintance—a novelist fromSeattle—James L. Rubart, and if he says he’ll be the keynote speaker, then I’ll do it.” I thought for sure Jim would say no and that would be the end of this nonsense.
Have you ever bargained with God? Then you know what happened. Jim said yes.
“Oh great, now what?” I begged God to reconsider. Instead, He guided me and directed me. At the end of a few months, I had acquired a full professional faculty and venue. Registrations came in, much to my surprise, and we ended up with almost 70 in attendance. Phenomenal for a first time, unknown conference.
The reviews were overwhelming. My goal of an affordable, locally run, inspiring experience for Christian writers in our area had been realized. God had once again exceeded my expectations.
God is not done yet. Planning is nearly complete for next year’s conference set for March 16 & 17, 2012. We have expanded to two days with wonderful publishing professionals coming from all over the United States. What an awesome opportunity for writers—right here in our own back yard.
I don’t underestimate God anymore. I know that everything works together for good when I stop arguing and listen to that small still voice. Even when the suggestion sounds absurd. I have learned that the road from where I am to where God wants me to be is never a straight line.
If you would like to know more about our conference, visit our website at www.inlandnwchristianwriters.com. If you’re a writer, have always wanted to be a writer, or know someone who should come to this event, please pass the word. There is something for all levels of experience. Maybe God nudging you to write for Him. Answer the call. We need you.